Throughout this massive novel, devastating irony duplicates life's complex patterns. It is not the Griffithses but their friends who first recognize Clyde socially. Sondra's appeal to Clyde to enter her automobile echoes Clyde's appeal to Roberta to enter his Crum Lake canoe. Both Roberta and Clyde fabricate excuses — she to be with him and he to be with Sondra. Certain details implement important later events: while dancing together at the New Year's Eve party, Clyde and Sondra discuss swimming; at the party, two young men indicate that they work for General Electric Company; and Gilbert surmises that some calamity will befall "one or another of the bunch." And it is only when Clyde and Roberta regard the end of their affair that Roberta discovers that the life in her womb has trapped her. This section also intensifies our awareness of Clyde's daydreams. On one of his night strolls past
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